FG inaugurates first MRI machine at ABUTH

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed on Tuesday in Zaria, inaugurated the 1.5 Tesla Elan Vantage, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Suite at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria.

Speaking during the inauguration of the project at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, the minister said naming the suite in her name was a great honour to her.

“Thank you so much.Thanks to the selection committee, I’m very touched,” she said.

The minister noted that the venture has been initiated based on the necessity to avoid travelling abroad for first class health and medical care.

According to her, improving healthcare is one of the priorities of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“That is why in spite of the very tight revenue constraints and the demands of other competing sectors, the Health sector has continued to receive increased allocations,” she said.

Ahmed, however, task the management of the hospital on the need to ensure that these increased expenditures are actually improving healthcare outcomes.

In his remarks, Minister of Health, Mr Osaghe Ehanire said the project was aimed at enhancing health care delivery in the catchment area of the hospital.

The minister, represented by Alhaji Abdulaziz-Mashi Abdullahi, Permanent Secretary of Ministry said that the project would enhance the delivery of quality health care services especially in diagnosis and radiology services.

He further stated that the facility would help to reduce the need for medical tourism to other countries and associated consequences of exchange rate.

Also speaking Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli commended the federal government on the projects, adding that it would reduce some burden on the people.

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